No, this is not from the National Enquirer, but a documentary from National Geographic. Back in the 1950's there was a push to transplant a human head:

Although the world's first face transplant has already taken place, the notion of taking the head of one person and transferring it to the body of another still seems far-fetched. But back in the Fifties, despite being utterly incredible to many, ...


Here's one of twins appearing to kiss:

Fascinating analysis of the recent strange kidnapping case:

Shawn's rescue was cause for ecstatic celebration by his family, and fascinated curiosity from the whole of America, but almost indifference from Shawn himself.

Why? Because it is evident that he has been leading something very close to a normal life and sees no reason for jubilation.

Bizarre case of a towel left in during surgery. The family predictably sues, but the defense is arguing that the towel actually helped to prolong the patient's life.

Does sorry really work?

Ted Frank has doubts:

Consider me a skeptic of the "Sorry Works" idea, which suggests that if doctors immediately disclose all potential errors and apologize, total malpractice costs will go down. To the extent a disclosure regime has merit, reduction of litigation expense always seemed to me to be an implausible reason.

A valid description of most physicians' handwriting:

I have a chronic condition: poor handwriting. Dismal. Illegible. Embarassing.

It looks like something between micrographia and block print. Done by a left-handed person. In a hurry. When I get a chance I'll write something and scan it in so that you can appreciate the absolute mess that my handwritten documents are.

Some say so, in the face of the HPV vaccine and the genetic HPV test.

From seeds of an atun tree. There may be potential against MRSA.

The blunder happened in Australia - is it getting as bad as Canada? (via Socialized Medicine)

A case where the hospital stay worsened her condition. (via Improbable Research)

The Governor of Wisconsin, on the MDVIP Board, is considering running for President. Would he push a concierge care agenda?

Following in the footsteps of the candy Fentanyl, comes Fentora: transmucosal fentanyl.

Hey, there must go some good to waiting months for a dermatology referral:

It's just as well that there's a long wait. Someone who comes in with a rash is likely to be biopsied and end up with a scar. If they wait until an appointment is available the rash will probably have cleared up.

Will the public really care about fragmentation of care, or will they think that convenience takes priority?

Not that many are convinced this trend is good for patients. Within the past six months, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have both decried it.

"Convenience is not enough," the AMA lamented in a recent editorial. Comparing the mini-clinic phenomenon to kudzu -- the tree-strangling vine ...


Caution that recent events, like California's health proposal and government negotiation with pharmaceuticals, points us towards the Japanese health system:

Through its universal health insurance program, Japanese bureaucrats are charged with the responsibility and power to ensure a "minimum standard of care for all." Rules of the game, and in particular what is covered and how doctors get paid, are mainly set by the central government in Tokyo.

Sound ...


Ted Frank with more:

Doctors want safety for their patients, and most doctors make considerable personal sacrifices to achieve those results; if Public Citizen really cares about patient safety, rather than the amount of money attorneys extract from society, one wonders why they preface patient-safety reforms with offensive insults of doctors for having legitimate concerns about a broken malpractice system. The sensible fixes of patient safety and the sensible fixes ...


More and more shock tactics are being used against smokers, as you can see from this UK billboard.

These agents can get up to 4% to 10% of the first year salary:

In 2001, Duke University basketball player Shane Battier moved on to the NBA and hired an agent to handle his contract negotiations. Around the same time, Duke University psychiatry resident Omar Manejwala, MD, moved on to the pro ranks and, like Battier, hired an agent to handle his contract negotiations.

It might seem strange ...


Drawings while on LSD

Part of the US Government's experiments in the 1950's. Look how they deteriorate. (via Digg)

A rare case of mushroom poisoning. Physicians rely on Google Scholar to find the cure:

When a family of six showed up at Dominican Hospital complaining of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, it was more than a routine case for doctors Todd Mitchell and Wendy Knapp.

Once they heard all six had eaten tacos made with wild mushrooms, they knew what to suspect. Most likely the family had eaten ...


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